Obviously he can’t transport bikes to both races, so this is where you come in.
Go to the Pro Bike Express website and register for bike transport for your respective event. The race with the most registrations will decide who gets the best bike transport and support. Pretty simple. Spread the word, tell your friends, and make it happen!
Having Kona withdrawals? Here’s a very good reason to book a trip…a trip to the Big Apple!
The Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship will be taking place on December 5th in New York City. Besides a front row seat at the finish line in Kona, this party is slated to be the Best Night in Triathlon.
The evening will begin with a welcome reception mix & mingle with professional athletes, featured inspirational athletes, and an opportunity to take a piece of IRONMAN World Championship history home with you via a silent auction. There will even be an opportunity to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race in the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship and 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship during the live auction!
Following the reception, you will experience all the action of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship NBC broadcast before it airs nationwide. The evening concludes with a Q&A session discussing all the behind-the-scenes details with a panel of IRONMAN Professional Athletes and IRONMAN Hall of Fame members.
Celebrity guests to include 3-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, IRONMAN U.S. Champion Timothy O’Donnell, and of course The “Voice” of IRONMAN Mike Reilly.
Tickets are on sale now with proceeds benefitting the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. Click here to purchase tickets.
If you’ve never been much of a sports’ aficionado, then just the word triathlon can make you sweat. To people who haven’t spent much time in these waters, cycling 40km, followed by 1500m of swimming and finally running 10 km sounds almost impossible, not to mention painful. However, for those who have taken this discipline into their lives, triathlon is a lifestyle, they live and breathe by it and constantly strive to be better. The mentality that is needed for completing a triathlon is the one of discipline, perseverance, and strength, all working in perfect sync. If you skimp on one, your body, as well as your results will suffer. If you’re training for your first triathlon experience, and you’re constantly on the lookout for useful tips, here are some general rules on how to increase your triathlon endurance.
Know Your Body
If you want to be a successful triathlon athlete, one of the very first things to do is to know what you can expect from your body. You can listen to advice, opinions and little cheats that your senior colleagues will share with you, but knowing how you react to exhaustion, injury and how well you manage under pressure is something that no one can tell you so you have to find out on your own. How do your joints react to longer runs? Is there an old injury that could present a problem as preparations move forward? Do you know enough to get you started on your preparations in the first place? There are all very general questions, but it is important to ask them because triathlon is a serious exertion for both the body and the mind, and you have to know what you’re getting yourself into. If you’ve never run a half-marathon and you want to dive headfirst into triathlon workouts, you might be in over your head. This doesn’t mean that you should give up, just slow down and let your body get accustomed to a rigorous regime you’ve got in store by going into it gradually.
You Need the Right Equipment
Getting ready for a triathlon won’t be the cheapest endeavor equipment-wise, but you can bet that it will be worth it in on the track and in the water. It all trickles down to one and the same – if you want to achieve maximum endurance, be explosive or steady whenever you need it and not think about whether your equipment will survive the day, you will need to spend a bit more. Let’s start with the running shoes. Here’s the deal – most running shoes worth their salt will be comfortable, but if you’re training for a triathlon, you’ll need far more than that – you will need a shoe that fits just right. To find a perfect shoe fit might be a bit of a hassle, depending on your body type and your running style but the difference you’ll see in your endurance and cadence will not be negligible. When it comes to swimming, same rules apply – you will need a good-quality wetsuit that will give you lightness of movement, buoyancy and won’t restrict you in any way. You’ll want the wetsuit to fit you tightly so that there isn’t any loose material that could slow you down. The material should also be elastic, flexible and soft and it will help you feel like a fish in the water, allowing you to swim to your best ability without any hindrance.
Recovery Is Vital
Triathlon workouts are tough, that is no secret, and once you get hooked up on chasing your goal time, it’s difficult to give yourself a break. Maybe you’ve never been too enthused about exercising but once you feel the adrenaline of the need to be better every day, the struggle to let your body recover is real. If you’re training hard for five days a week, then you better have enough sleep throughout the week, so that your body has the time to restore and replenish. It’s important to do your best to get good shuteye, and that means getting rid of any nuisances that could disrupt your sleep, which in most cases is snoring, as well as not being able to sleep due to surrounding sounds. Invest in solid earplugs, and if you have a problem with snoring or sleep apnea, then get a good snoring aid that will help you eradicate all the breathing problems you might be facing. Even if you’re not familiar with what could help you, read trustworthy reviews like Theravent review to find your best fit. Allowing your body to replenish through good sleep is absolutely vital in your triathlon preparations, so take your sleeping routine seriously and constantly work on improving it.
Have a day or two of active recovery, during which you can do yoga or stretching to keep your muscles flexible and in optimal shape. Of course you’re trying to do your best, but it will not be achieved by overworking yourself and you can be sure that the endurance on the track and in the water will suffer, as well as your entire body. It’s true that our minds sometimes stop us from getting to our full physical potential and you should certainly push your limits, but it’s also true that you should know when to stop.
Facing the Shortcomings
Among the three disciplines you’ll be competing in, there is always one that will give you more grief than others, one that will require more work that you don’t really want to do. Though it might not be a joy to commit your entire workout to swimming when you’d much rather cycle, it is essential to face the shortcomings you’re facing in your performance and find ways to overcome them. You’ll never be able to compensate the poor swimming time with your running skills, so hone and work on your weaknesses, the payout will be manifold.
Being a triathlete will be one of the most demanding physical challenges you will face and once you pull it off, you will feel like Atlas. Constantly expanding your boundaries and pushing yourself to be better will prove beneficial in every aspect of your life and if you have any doubt, just give triathlon a chance.
Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.
Pro Bike Express “Don’t Leave Home Without Us” Lottery closing October 31st
If you have plans to race outside of Colorado, there are many ways to get your ride to the start line. Pro Bike Express is the only Colorado-based bike transport company that will provide you the best personal service. Before and after your race bike pick up and drop off occurs within days not weeks, so you’re back on the road in no time.
All athletes who register bike transport with Pro Bike Express for any remaining 2017 races and all 2018 scheduled races will be entered into the “Don’t Leave Home Without Us” Lottery. Entrants will be eligible to win prizes including ROKA performance eye wear, ROKA Maverick wetsuit, BH Quartz bike, and much more! Winners will be announced via Facebook Live at IRONMAN Arizona (no need to be present to win).
Lottery closes October 31st – Hurry Up and Sign Up!
There is a great triathlon opportunity still on the horizon, not on the front-range, but instead in Grand Junction. Itching to try some roads and trails. Maybe a little road trip?
Gather up your family or a group of friends and head west for the Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival located at Highline State Park near Fruita, CO on September 8-10, 2017.
This unique festival offers XTERRA, Sprint and Olympic options for your choosing plus lakeside camping for the whole gang. Once you’ve raced, let the adventure continue with world-class mountain biking, road riding, hiking, climbing, SUP, rafting or wine tasting.
Just feel like relaxing after your race? Take a drive over the Colorado National Monument with the family then grab pizza at the infamous Hot Tomato or hit downtown Grand Junction for brews and other great dining options. You’ll even have the chance to get the last of the mouth-watering Palisade peaches, a refreshing reward for all that activity.
Triathletes may choose between an XTERRA Tri on Saturday or your choice of Sprint or Olympic distance road tri’s on Sunday. Camping is available on-site at Highline State Park for $30 per night. Sites are just 100 yards from the transition and the start/finish areas. If camping isn’t your thing, there are a number of hotels in the Fruita area, just a 15 minute drive from the race site.
About the Races
The XTERRA Fruita Triathlon starts off with a 600 meter swim, a 50 meter run on the beach and another 600 meter swim in the waters of Highline Lake. Then you’re off on a 13 mile ride on a course that mixes single and double track. And finally, you’ll finish off with a scenic and interesting 4.5 mile run. The XTERRA Sprint is also available, offering a 600m swim, 7.5 mile ride and 2.8 mile run.
This is the 6th year for the Sprint & Olympic triathlons, taking place on Sunday. Both races feature some of the best road courses you will find in Colorado.
For course maps, race schedules and registration info, visit https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8482
It’s that time of year for some of our favorite races and setting up the race season for both cyclists and triathletes might begin with some time trial practice. What a great way to transition from indoor training rides, getting that bike fit over the off season and testing it on a time trial.
In Denver, The Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial series is an attractive way to start the season. The KHMTT is hosted by the long-standing COBRAS Cycling team and is a favorite for those wanting to get out in the middle of the week and spin their legs.
For those not familiar with the KHMTT, it is a seven-week time trial series held at Cherry Creek State Park on Wednesday nights starting on April 5th with start times from 4:30 to about 6:30 PM. The course is a somewhat challenging 9.5 miles with a heart pumping climb to the finish. This is one race where you don’t want to leave anything on the course!
It’s a great opportunity to have a great time as well as hone your time trial racing skills and improve your time week after week. The COBRAS post results quickly and keep a running tally of the series ranking on their web site.
They also hire local photographer Ryan Muncy every year to take action shots of the racers and post them to their web site and make them available to racers at no cost. That is a really sweet perk!
This year they are encouraging cyclists who have never raced before and would like to try it out by offering a one night race, USAC license for the night and all for only $20! That is a really inexpensive and easy way to try out the sport and see if you like it or not.
For more information about the KHMTT and to register, you will find everything on their web site at http://KHMTT.com.
Are you looking to improve your mountain biking skills this summer? Looking to develop additional skills and make friends along the way? Consider a weekend mountain biking skills camp! 303 Cycling Ambassador Erin Trail talked to Alison Dunlap about her Adventure Camps.
Erin: Who can benefit from your camps?
Alison: Anyone, from skilled to beginners can benefit. The only requirement is that you know how to ride a bike and we’ll take it from there. Erin: What do you learn in the camps?
Alison:Saturday is a drills and skills day, where we work on a variety of skills in a grassy park setting. This day is all about confidence building and understanding core concepts and fundamentals of mountain biking. Sunday we take those skills to the trail! The benefit of this second day is that as a group, we’ll session every section until each person gets it right. We also record video of people as they ride, so they can see their form as they ride through obstacles. The video analysis makes a big difference in understanding body positioning.
Erin: What makes a camp better than a private lesson?
Alison: The group setting makes it more fun. As the clinic progresses, friendships develop and people really rally behind the other riders as they conquer challenging sections of the trail. The camaraderie that develops during the two days really enhances the overall learning experience.
Erin: What do you love about these camps and teaching people mountain biking?
Alison: It’s fun knowing you have an impact on people that can change their life, with overcoming fears and making friends.
Alison offers a variety of camps and dates: BeginnersClinics (Level I) Women’s Only: April 29-30, 2017 Co-Ed: June 10-11, 2017
The Level I clinics are designed for the person that rode a mountain bike years ago or rides on a regular basis, but lacks the confidence and technique to feel comfortable on single track. If you’re completely new to the sport and don’t know the first thing about mountain biking, then this clinic is also for you. In the Level I clinic, riders learn the basic fundamentals of riding a mountain bike:
• Basic bike set-up
• Positioning, balance, maneuvering, braking and shifting
• Mounting/dismounting your bike on steep terrain
• Riding up and down curbs
• Climbing and descending
• Riding varied trail conditions
You’ll also learn about vision; how to read a trail and make quick, split-second decisions on what you can and cannot ride. We’ll also spend time on trail etiquette, safety, and basic on-trail bike repairs. You’ll leave your clinic with an arsenal of new skills, a razor sharp eye for technique, and confidence that will stay with you for years to come!
Intermediate Clinics (Level II): Women’s Only: June 24-25, 2017 Co-Ed: July 8-9, 2017
The Level II clinics are for riders that are comfortable on singletrack and regularly ride mountain bikes off-road. A Level II rider likes technical trails but may not have the skills to feel comfortable and safe. A Level II rider should be comfortable with the following skills:
• If using clipless pedals (although not required) being able to get in and out of the pedals quickly and safely on both sides
• Riding single track with moderate technical sections
• Riding for 2-3 hrs at a time
A Level II rider will learn the following skills at the clinic:
• Basic bike set-up
• Positioning, balance, maneuvering, braking, and shifting
• Line selection
• Enduro techniques
• Riding up and down ledges
• Riding off 2-3 foot drops
• Tight exposed switchbacks with obstacles
• Loose rocky climbs and descents
• Cornering on loose tight singletrack
• Off-camber cornering
• High speed descending
All clinics are held in Colorado Springs, which is Alison’s home base. To sign up for one of Alison’s Camps, head to her website.
All clinics are listed on the 303Triathlon calendar here
Picture it: It’s the morning of your first (or second, or fiftieth…) Olympic distance triathlon. You (and possibly also your partner) have been training for months, sacrificing your time, adjusting your diet, juggling your schedule, all for this goal. You wake up and wait for the babysitter to arrive so you can get to transition to set up. You wait. And wait. And wait. Texts go unanswered. Transition is opening. The babysitter is not coming. Now what??
Colorado mom, runner, and triathlon-dabbler Michelle Kalinski had faced this scenario too many times and decided to find a solution. In 2014, she founded PRKids (now called BRINGtheKIDZ) a Boulder-based company whose mission is to provide worry-free, on-site race day childcare so that you will not find yourself in that position!
With two children under the age of three, Kalinski was tired of switching off races with her husband. She desperately needed both training goals to motivate her and quality child care at the crack of dawn on weekends. She searched for a race that offered child care onsite, but came up empty. This was surprising, considering that according to Running USA and USA Triathlon, participation in running and triathlon has grown rapidly over the last decade, especially for females. A 2009 study even revealed that 44% of “average” triathletes in the US have children at home. That is a lot of early-morning child care juggling!
After discussing the issue with numerous parent-athletes, Kalinski decided to fill this need and set in motion the creation of PRKids, a child care company that works with and for families on race morning (You can read more about the backstory on our blog). After wading through far more bureaucracy than anticipated, PRKids launched in September 2015 at the Boulder Backroads Marathon, and, at the time of this writing (March 2017) has provided services at 28 events in Colorado, with 15 events currently on the calendar for 2017. This year, we are excited to have added a number of new events, including eight triathlons!
How it works:
– Advance registration is required so that we can plan for staffing and supplies, and families with more than one child will normally pay half price for each child after the first. Pricing varies based on race distance.
– BRINGtheKIDZ (formerly PRKids) sets up onsite at the event and typically opens check-in an hour before the first start time to allow parent-athletes plenty of time to get set up and wait in the porta-potty line before the starting gun goes off. Children are signed in and parents and kids are issued matching wristbands to facilitate pickup.
– Children are welcomed with a warm-up activity and are led through a series of fun age and developmentally-appropriate activities until parents check them out at the end of the event. See some photos of our fun HERE.
– The pickup window is generous, allowing parents to take their time during and after the race, and often arrangements can be made in advance in situations where an athlete needs a bit of extra time.
The most amazing part is that everyone involved benefits from onsite race childcare. Parents do not have to worry about last-minute sitter cancellations or no-shows, or feel guilty about leaving the kids behind for the day (or simply miss them!). Children get to spend time “in the action” at the race, seeing their parents achieve the goals they have long trained for and cheering them over the finish line, as well as having lots of fun with new friends and BRRINGtheKIDZ staff. And since more couples will be able to participate in races together instead of switching off and competing only one at a time due to child care concerns, event organizers can benefit from increased registrations. Win-win-win!
For 2017, BRINGtheKIDZ has unveiled a number of new features, including a new name (that’s a big one!), an ambassador program, a blog, a newsletter, and a new website that is currently in development. We are growing fast and are so excited to be a part of this community and to allow families to pursue their goals while still spending the day together!
If we haven’t already convinced you of how awesome BRINGtheKIDZ is, here is what some of our customers have told us:
“My son was a little shy at first but when I picked him up he said he wanted to go back every time I run. We cannot wait until next time.” – M.G. (Pumpkin Pie 2015)
“Michelle and the PRKids crew are awesome! They always have plenty of fun things planned for the kiddos to do from art projects to active games to cheering on the runners. My daughter loves PRKids camps!” – E.M.(Kooky Spooky 2015)
“PRKids watched my 7 year old son at Boulder Sunset Tri. I took longer than expected, and they kept him past time with no complaints or issues. I took both my kids (ages 4 and 7) to PRKids at the Pumpkin Pie 5k. It was great because I got to race with my husband. My daughter got a face painting and declared it the best day ever!” – J.K. (Boulder Sunset Tri 2016)
“My two children had such a great time at the Pumpkin Pie 5k/10k kids camp. They both met friends to play with during the camp. My son is 9 and my daughter is 6. They enjoyed face painting, crafts, games and snacks. They said they couldn’t wait to do it again.” – J.G. (Pumpkin Pie 2016)
The holidays are right around the corner, and XX2i Optics is here to provide you with a wide range of options for everyone in your circle of family and friends, from the weekend warrior to the superstar pro athlete. Check out our top picks for the 2016 giving season, and don’t forget all XX2i shades come with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty.
The Hawaii1 is XX2i’s latest performance-oriented sunglass, featuring a top of the line carbon frame built for any athletic endeavor that weighs in just under 0.8 ounces. The Hawaii1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity for any kind of outdoor training and racing. A fully adjustable nosepiece combined with rubber temple tips make the Hawaii1 ideal for any face shape, and ensure these shades don’t budge or slide. Available in three versatile colors, Matte Black, Matte Tortoise, and White, the Hawaii1 is the piece of gear you need to crush the competition.
XX2i Optics Polarized Sport Reader sunglasses make versatility the name of the game – sport sunglasses that give you up close clarity when you need it. With multiple frame styles and colors, the Polarized Sport Readers are available with discrete backside magnification zones in +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50 providing a range of superb optical solutions. All three compatible frames (France1, France2, and USA1) offer fully adjustable temple tips and nose pads to ensure a solid face fit that won’t shift when you look down at your phone or fishing lure. Every pair comes with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty – even against scratches.
Designed with the aid of top athletes, the France2 Pro Kit offers unparalleled performance while going easy on your wallet. Featuring one frame and three spare lenses, the France2 Pro Kit is the ideal solution for athletes training around the clock with variable light conditions. With multiple styles, colors, and lens configurations available, the France2 provides a range of superb optical solutions. Made from flexible and strong Grilamid, this frame is incredibly sturdy and includes fully adjustable temple tips and nose pads to ensure an accurate, individual face fit that holds strong while remaining feather light.
As one of XX2i’s first casual models, the Bermuda1 is the ultimate go-to sunglass that doesn’t break the bank. Available in classic Matte Black, Matte Tortoise, White & Black, and Crystal Black, the Bermuda1 is the perfect accessory for any adventure, whether that is a trip to the beach or a quick walk with the dog. Using the same advanced materials as XX2i’s performance models, the Bermuda1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity.
The USA1 Dual Kit contains two pairs of sunglasses and three sets of spare lenses. A tank protector case and two microfiber soft carrying bags (that can also be used as cleaning cloths) are also included with these frames. The features on these sunglasses are perfect for running, cycling, golfing, fishing, or just about any outdoor activity. Like all XX2i shades, the USA1 comes standard with adjustable temple tips and nose pads for a custom fit on any face. The USA1 Dual Kit is also the winner of Gear Institute’s “Best Value Sunglasses” award, making them a superb choice for the outdoorsman or woman who needs versatility, and frames that compliment their outdoor apparel.
This 6 panel, classic trucker has a woven cotton front, mesh back for breathability, and an adjustable snapback to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. The raised embroidered thread logo puts it a cut above your average trucker hat, with clean side logos and an elevated crown design making it compatible with your favorite pair of featherlight XX2i Optics sunglasses. Small details, like the white stitching on the bill and the embroidered logo on the back, make this the perfect stocking stuffer.
The holidays are right around the corner, and Rudy Project is here to show you the latest and greatest gear for the athlete in your life. With so many wonderful products to share, this post will highlight helmets and transition gear. Watch for more great gift ideas from Rudy.
Here are our best helmet picks for the 2016 Holiday Season.
Why it rocks: Crafted in Italy’s famous Pininfarina wind tunnel with the aid of aerodynamics guru John Cobb, the Boost 01 is Rudy Project’s first-ever road aero helmet. Incorporating many advances in fluid dynamics which has made Rudy Project a staple in the aero / TT helmet world, the Boost 01 is a technological marvel. Featuring 10 vents to assure superior ventilation and a forward placed aerodynamic pressure zone to reduce neck torque, riders can go further, harder and in more intense heat while maintaining superior drag reduction. Lightweight and compact weighing in less than 10 ounces, the Boost 01 is unmistakably Rudy Project.
Who to buy it for: The aero athlete that never settles for less than the best.
The Sterling was designed with the aid of an Italian hat craftsman to provide the utmost in comfort & safety. 18 vents assure you’re properly cooled while the RSR7 retention system provides on-the-fly, single-handed adjustment. The Sterling is available in number of bright fluo colors and comes with a removable bug net and visor. This is a helmet loved by cyclists all over the world at all ability levels. We recommend Yellow Fluo for men and Pink Fluo for women. Comes with an optional visor.
Why it rocks: The Wing57 is the reason Rudy Project has won #1 Aero / TT helmet of the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kona for the last six consecutive years. A breakthrough of scientific research, the Wing57 utilizes multiple new technologies including a fully integrated and removable optical shield, a dorsal ridge to change lateral wind force into forward momentum, and the new patented Vortex Killer System which straightens tail air flow and significantly reduces drag.
Who to buy it for: The triathlete who just needs to shave a few more minutes off to qualify for Kona.
Winner of Triathlete Magazine’s 2015 ‘Best in Class’ award, this all-in-one bag is available in two slick colors, and can be changed from duffel to backpack with the switch of a strap. Equipped with 270 degrees of broad storage access, the Transition 46 contains a hidden helmet holder with adjustable straps, a padded protective eyewear pocket, and a ventilated shoe compartment. This triathlete toolbox also includes a waterproof bottom ideal for wetsuit storage, and three additional drawstring bags labeled for swimming, biking, and post-race apparel. Most importantly, the front pocket features a transparent ID window and race day checklist, so you’ll never leave gear at home again.
Who to buy it for: The athlete that loves to be organized. Or needs to be more organized.